During pregnancy, the uterus grows to accommodate the growing child within. This stretches the skin, while abdominal muscles that meet in the middle of the stomach separate in some 60 percent of women during pregnancy and post-partum. Mothers who breastfeed their babies will notice that the breasts also swell with milk. Afterward, the stretched and excess skin and sagging tissue can be very difficult to target even when your weight returns to what it was before pregnancy and childbirth. The mommy makeover focuses on the breasts and abdomen in a uniquely personal and specialized procedure or combination of procedures. Its goal is to restore body contours to their pre-pregnancy state. In addition to the breast lift and tummy tuck, it can also include liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction, and a thigh, arm or gluteal lift as well. Your surgeon will evaluate your case and tailor the makeover procedure to your own individual needs.
As with women, aging affects men as well but differently. As our lifestyles change over the ears, we find our bodies change. Today, men are no longer reluctant to seek out cosmetic surgery to help them look and feel their best. Surgical contouring procedures popular with men often include liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. Other favorite procedures target the face and neck, with rhinoplasty or nose surgery by far the most popular. eyelid surgery to combat "tired," droopy eyes, and chin surgery are also popular.
PRP treatment can help to reverse all the common signs of aging on the face, neck, hands, and even other parts of the body. The advantages of PRP over other common anti-aging treatments like Botox is its unique natural quality, making the treatment hypo-allergenic. We use your own blood cells to rejuvenate your skin!
This non-surgical technique uses a combination of ultrasonic therapy and massage to smooth, firm and shape the body by temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite. It can also help your body's metabolism by increasing blood circulation.
Makeover surgery targets multiple areas of the body to achieve more balanced, harmonious and youthful contours of the face and body. They may target certain body areas or combine a number of procedures, depending on the needs and desires of each individual.
As we age, our facial skin and underlying tissue can become flaccid and droopy. The lines become deeper and more pronounced as we naturally lose some of the subcutaneous fat. Dermal fillers are injected into localized areas to smooth wrinkles, fill in subtle depressions and enhance the facial contours. They can also plump up lips that grow thinner with age. These treatments are temporary and will need to be repeated in the future.
Botulinum toxin is a substance derived from bacteria and purified for cosmetic use. It can block the nerve signals we send when frowning or crinkling the skin around our eyes, thus these muscles are not able to contract. Therefore, the effects of these habitual movements are reduced, resulting in a smoother skin and more youthful expression. Although the effects are temporary, they can be dramatic.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a dermatological treatment. It is used to increase blood flow to the skin and stimulate the production of collagen to improve its elasticity. The microneedle technique involves pricking the skin with tiny needles and is done primarily on the face to help create a firmer, smoother complexion. It can also help minimize stretch marks and scares from acne. For best results, multiple procedures are recommended.
As wounds heal, they form scar tissue, and some scars are unsightly or quite conspicuous. Some form thick clusters of tissue at the site of a wound. Keloid scars are larger than the original wound and can itchy or even painful. And contracture scars can even restrict movement. Scar revision seeks to minimize their appearance and effect, and the kind of scar will dictate the type of treatment. It can involve a surgical procedure, a minimally invasive treatment or even a simple topical remedy. However, none of these can completely erase a scar.
Step forth into your new life with sparkling, beautiful teeth and a radiant smile. Choose from a complete dental makeover to individual procedures such as implants, laminate and porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and bridges.
Face and Neck
As we grow older, the natural process of aging relaxes skin and muscles and we also lose some of the fat in our faces. This is noticeable around the eyes that can look tired and sad, in the fold lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and the sagging jowls than form along the jaw. This can be exacerbated by gravity, stress, sun damage and even our genes. While the facelift, or rhytidectomy, does not stop the aging process, it can make dramatic improvements in the appearance of the face and neck, giving a more youthful appearance. It may be performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery and the brow lift.
The neck lift is properly called a lower rhytidectomy. It targets the jaw line and the neck by removing loose and sagging skin as well as excess fat in the lower face and under the chin. This can result in a more youthful appearance and is sometimes combined with eyelid surgery, the brow lift, and a transfer of fat to the cheeks or to plump up lips that have become thinner with age.
"Frown" lines — the furrows that develop between the brows, the wrinkles that run across the forehead — and sagging eyebrows are all targeted in the brown lift. So, not surprisingly, it is also known as a forehead lift. The results can be dramatic, improving and reducing furrows and frown lines while returning the eyebrows to a more awake position. The brow lift may also be performed together with eyelid surgery, skin resurfacing or a face lift.
Buccal refers to the cheeks. All of have a buccal fat pad in the hollow below the cheek bones, although its size varies from person to person. If the cheeks look chubby, this fat may be surgically removed.
Blepharoplasty describes a surgical procedure to remove fatty or excess tissue on the eyelids, and may involve the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, or both in a single procedure. It can also target the sagging "bags" under the eye, thus restoring a more youthful look.
Properly known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck targets sagging skin and excess fat that can cause the belly to protrude due to pregnancy, weight gain or aging. Our genes can also affect the abdomen. The tummy tuck restores muscles weakened by pregnancy or excess weight gain, while removing excess skin and fat, thus improving the body contours. However, it does not correct the scarring known as stretch marks on remaining skin, and is no substitute for weight loss.
The pannus is a layer of inflammatory tissue that forms on the lower abdomen. If large enough, it sags and hangs, forming a kind of apron that is both uncomfortable and unattractive. The underlying skin can become damp from perspiration, making it susceptible to rashes. Panniculectomy targets this excess tissue and skin by removing it to create a flatter and more attractively contoured abdomen. However, unlike the tummy tuck, the panniculectomy does not tighten the underlying muscles. It is sometimes performed together with the tummy tuck.
As with the arms, the skin on the thighs can lose its elasticity, leading to sagging, wrinkles or even a dimpled look, especially after weight loss. A thighplasty or lift removes excess skin and can target the inner thigh, the outer thigh, or the entire thigh. It is sometimes combined with a "butt lift" operation.
Many times, we are unhappy with the way our bottom looks. It's too big or too small, too fat, too flat, or too flabby. Cosmetic surgery can make dramatic improvements in this area. In a gluteal lift, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying tissue, resulting in a more pleasing shape. It can also improve the small bumps and dimples in the skin. However, it does not make the buttocks larger. Sometimes, the gluteal lift is done together with a tummy tuck or lower body lift.
Gluteal augmentation changes the shape, size and contours of the buttocks. It can use silicon-filled implants for a fuller curve and can also involve taking fat from an area of your body and placing it in the buttocks. This latter is often called the Brazilian butt lift. And in some cases, both implants and gluteal fat transference or grafting are done together in the same procedure.
Breasts can become "droopy" after weight loss, pregnancy or breast feeding. Age and genes can also make gravity's effect on the breasts more marked. Known as mastopexy, the breast lift can give them more youthful, "perky" contours. It tightens the surrounding tissue and removes excess skin.
Breast augmentation, or breast mammoplasty is known by a number of terms but, essentially, it means making the breasts larger in size. During pregnancy, the breasts become enlarged, but this can disappear afterward. Weight loss often results in breast size and tone, as does menopause. Breast augmentation can be done with implants and also by taking fat from one part of the body and placing it in the breasts, thus restoring their fullness. For a woman with small breasts and large hips, breast augmentation can give her body better balance and symmetry. Implants can also be used after a mastectomy.
Breast implants are very popular and can give excellent results. However, they are not intended to be a one-time solution. Implants should be removed or replaced every ten to fifteen years. On occasions, the implant surface can tear, and its silicone solution can leak. Scar tissue may harden and become uncomfortable. Revision is important and removal is sometimes needed.
With age, our skin and muscles can lose their tone and the effect of gravity becomes more obvious. Pregnancy or weight gain can stretch the skin and it may not spring back into shape again. Damage from the sun and even genetics can affect the elasticity of our skin and the underlying tissue. And losing a significant amount of weight can leave us with excess skin, as unattractive as it is uncomfortable. The body lift targets specific parts of the body such as the upper arms, the thighs, and abdomen as well as the neck and face of both women and men. It can even target the sides and lower back. The body lift can also enhance, lift and tighten the buttocks. The surgery is sometimes combined with liposuction.
Gynecomastia affects men and is defined as excessive development of the breast tissue. Due to excess weight, the breast tissue can sag, and the skin can stretch, and this can occur in one or both breasts. Gynecomastia surgery is essentially a breast reduction mammoplasty.